IGBIS Newsletter, Issue 216

Happy Lunar New Year from IGB International School!

Simon Millward

Not only has it been a busy week, but it was also a busy last weekend for a number of IGBIS staff. A group of twelve teachers were engaged in a First Aid update course. To maintain our commitment to student safety, teachers often undergo a variety of different training opportunities, and last weekend was such a time. We are proud of our staff with the commitment they show in keeping their qualifications updated.

The Lunar New Year assembly was firmly on our minds this week with the final practices taking place before the performance on Thursday. Once again the variety of performances was great and the 6 MC’s kept the assembly ticking along. Branching out to include other cultures that celebrate the new year at this time of the year was certainly a welcome development, and I for one learned a lot about Vietnamese and Korean culture today.

A big thanks to all the members of the Chinese department for organising the assembly and the many teachers who were also involved in preparing the students for their performances.

I hope you have a restful and relaxing holiday. Happy New Year to all those who are celebrating over the holiday.

Dates for your Diaries

  • Tuesday 4th Feb: ISA assessment trial
  • Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th Feb: ISA assessments G3 – G10
  • Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th Feb: G4 Camp
  • Wednesday 19th – Friday 21st Feb: G5 Camp

Julie Arcidiacono, Community Support and Services Coordinator

International Day

Thank you to all SS students, staff and parents for submitting the survey outlining your preferences for International Day. The survey has allowed us to collate information and we are excited to share that we currently have 46 nationalities confirmed amongst our community, which will all be showcased in this year’s ‘Parade of Nations’ during International Day on Saturday, 14 March 2020. 

In addition, the 25 countries/regions listed below will be represented during the event with a booth:

BangladeshNew Zealand
CanadaSouth Korea
DenmarkSri Lanka
Global CitizensTurkey
Hong KongUnited Kingdom

If you would like to organize a booth but did not respond to the survey, please contact julie.arcidiacono@igbis.edu.my as soon as possible.

Parents and staff members who have indicated that they would like to participate with a booth should have received an email explaining the next steps. Looking forward to meeting with booth representatives on Monday, 10 February at 8:00 am in the PVO Room. 

Community Choir & Community Music Band

For International Day’s finale performance, IGBIS’ Community Choir and Music Band will be combining efforts to perform a song together. All of the community is warmly invited to join the rehearsals; dates and sign-up forms can be found below. 

Parent Workshops

Please click on the workshop title below to access the sign-up form and to find out more details about each workshop. All workshops have a start time of 8:00 or 8:15 am, except for Unleash your Creativity, which will take place after school from 3:10-4:10 pm. 

February Parent Workshops

3 Global Citizens

5, 14, 17, 25, 26 Community Music Band

6 Introduction to CAS (G9 and G10 parents)

7 Learner Agency – Voice, Choice, Ownership

11, 20, 27 Community Choir

12 Moving towards Zero Waste living

18 DP/CP/HSD Options Fair (G10 parents)

Thursdays Unleash your Creativity through Drawing and Painting techniques

March Parent Workshops

2 Community Choir

3 Extended Essay (G9, 10, 11 parents)

5, 6 Community Music Band

11 Literacy

Thursdays Unleash your Creativity through Drawing and Painting techniques

April Parent Workshops

1 What is the IB Philosophy and How Does This Impact My Child? (G9, 10, 11 parents)

20 Autism Awareness

Thursdays Unleash your Creativity through Drawing and Painting techniques

May Parent Workshops

18 General Introduction of IGBIS Curriculum and IGBIS Life (Mandarin-speaking parents)

Thursdays Unleash your Creativity through Drawing and Painting techniques

June Parent Workshops

4 Unleash your Creativity through Drawing and Painting techniques

Friend of the Phoenix

Over 20 ‘Friends of the Phoenix’ gathered in London last weekend for a much-anticipated catch up with our head of school Mrs Anne Fowles, as well as with each other.  A scrumptious Malaysian-themed dinner was served with all the typical offerings – satays, nasi lemak and sago gula Melaka, to name a few delicacies – carefully selected to hopefully give everyone a little taste of their favourite treats from “home”. Amongst the attendees were IGBIS graduates from 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019; former students; and even our previous DP/CP Coordinator, Ms Mary Boyd. 

Our next ‘Friend of the Phoenix’ reunion will be at school on Saturday, 8 August 2020 – the same day as New Student Orientation / Returning Student Reception Day. Please save the date to join our second annual Phoenix Makan!

Who are the ‘Friends of the Phoenix’? Find out more at www.igbis.edu.my/friendsofthephoenix

Bill Mitchell, Secondary School Counsellor

IGBIS Events

University of Cambridge visits IGBIS

Ms. Claire Canning, the Deputy Student Recruitment Manager (International) from the Cambridge Admissions Office will be visiting IGBIS in February.  She will be giving a presentation to families and students to answer their questions about their prestigious university.   

Date:  Monday February 10, 2020

Time: 12:50-2:00pm

Venue: 6th Floor Multipurpose Room

For the purposes of planning this event, please RSVP and let us know if you will be attending by answering this survey/form.  

Upcoming University visits

Parents and students are encouraged to attend!!

WEDNESDAY February 13 @ 9:00-10:00 (DP Lounge, 6th Floor)

Think Education – Canadian University Fair

A dozen universities will be visiting IGBIS on this day, supported by the High Commission of Canada.  A confirmed list of participants will be available closer to the date.

WEDNESDAY March 4 @ 9:30 – 10:00 (Secondary Library, 6th Floor)

University Visit:  Carleton University (CANADA)

Carleton University is located in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa.  The university provides an excellent education and experience to its more than 24,000 full- and part-time students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its more than 875 academic staff are recognized internationally for their scholarship and cutting-edge research in more than 50 disciplines.


THURSDAY March 19 @ 9:30 (Secondary Library, 6th Floor)

University Visit: University of Westminster – UK 

The University of Westminster is a public research university based in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1838 as the Royal Polytechnic Institution, it is one of Britain’s oldest higher education institutions and was the first polytechnic to open in the UK.


FRIDAY March 20 @ 9:00 (Multi Purpose Room, 6th Floor)

AEO University Fair (USA)

AEO Tours will once again be visiting us and always bring a diverse representation of universities in the United States.  When universities have been confirmed, they will be shared. Look forward to seeing you there!


Follow the Secondary Calendar or see the College Counselling Events calendar for future visits and events.  

College Counselling Events

Kuala Lumpur Events


Date: 18 March 2020 (Wednesday)

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Venue: Anatomy Laboratory, Perdana University Serdang, Selangor

Fees : RM 450 (HRDF claimable)                                         

About the workshop

Is biology your favourite subject? Are you continuously curious about how biology works at the molecular level? Or perhaps considering a career as a life scientist? Joint Workshop on “The Life Sciences for Beginners”! The workshop is designed to facilitate the learning and retention of basic principles of molecular biology including DNA extraction procedure. This activity also provides in-depth explanations about how restriction enzymes cut DNA and how electrophoresis is used to separate and visualize DNA fragments.

Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for high school students, primary school students, school teachers, academics, and researchers. 


+603 – 8941 8646 Ms Illya or Ms Nadea

Email: conference_secretariat@perdanauniversity.edu.my


The University of Cambridge visits KL

The University of Cambridge will be running a couple of public information sessions – at Sunway College on Friday 7 February and at The Alice Smith School on Tuesday 11 February. Thank you to both schools for hosting.

Please pass on the information to any interested students and ask them to sign up to either session –all of the venue and timing information is available through the registration link. Parents and counsellors are welcome to attend as well.

Registration for Sunway College

Registration for Alice Smith

Finally I will also be holding a Postgraduate information evening on Tuesday 11 February. Please pass this information to anyone who may be interested in finding out more about Postgraduate study at Cambridge.

Claire Canning

Deputy Student Recruitment Manager (International)

Cambridge Admissions Office, University of Cambridge, Student Service Centre, New Museums Site, Cambridge CB2 3PT

Study In France

The Malaysia-France University Centre (MFUC) is organising a talk on “Study in France” on :

Date: Wednesday 12th February 2020

Time: from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Venue: French School of Kuala Lumpur (LFKL)

Address : Lycée Français de Kuala Lumpur, 34, Jalan Dutamas Raya 51200 Kuala Lumpur

As an international school, you are kindly invited to join the talk with your students who might consider France as a study destination.  This talk is a good opportunity for secondary school students to find out more about the study opportunities in France. In France, there are more than 3,500 public and private institutes of higher education. Universities, Engineering Schools, Business Schools, Grandes Ecoles, and schools of art or architecture: there is a wide choice for students who want to study in France!

Everyone who has a high school diploma or equivalent can enrol in first year. Science, literature, languages, arts, humanities, medicine and sport: university programmes cover all of the areas of higher education and research!

Tentative programme of the event:

–          2:00pm – 2:15pm : Arrival and registration

–          2:15pm – 2:45pm : Presentation on Study in France, by the representative of Campus France in Malaysia.

–          2:45pm – 3:15pm : Presentation of undergraduate programmes by French higher education institutions (+programmes taught in English)

–          3:15pm – 3:45pm : Sharing session from Alumni who graduated from French higher education.

–          3:45pm – 4:00pm : Q&A session.

We would be grateful if you could RSVP to me (helene@mfuc.org) before 4th February 2020 by informing us the number of students from your school who will join this event. Students’ parents are also welcome to join this event.

Requirements for the Study in France Talk :

–          10 students maximum per international school.

–          Age of the secondary school students should be between 14-17 year old.

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